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Majuli’s mask-making and manuscript painting get GI tag

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Guwahati, Feb 04: The traditional mask-making and manuscript painting of Majuli have been awarded Geographical Indication (GI) tags by the Government of India, attesting to the unique characteristics of the twin crafts.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in his social media handles stated that it is a moment of pride for the state and has also expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for granting the GI tag to the region’s mask and manuscript paintings. This will protect the rich skills of our artists.

Majuli’s mask-making and manuscript painting get GI tag

This will help take this unique craft and art to the world at large and make the river island of Majuli, which is known for its Vaishnavite monasteries, or Xatras, more famous.

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Mask-making in Majuli is known to date back to medieval times, after it was introduced by Neo-Vaishnavite saint Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva.

The unique manuscript paintings in Majuli mainly depict stories from the Hindu mythological epics.

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